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Technical Requirements

Familiarize yourself with the hardware and software you'll need to complete your online coursework.

Required Hardware

  • Windows or Mac-based laptop or desktop computer. (Tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices may work for some parts of your coursework, but will not work for others.)
  • Some online courses may require a microphone
  • Speakers or ability to use headphones for audio playback
  • Some online courses may require the use of a web camera

Minimum System Requirements

Operating system requirements are as follows. You may need local administrative access to your operating system.

For PC Users

  • Minimum Operating System: Windows 8.1, 10, or 11
  • Recommended Operating System: Windows 10 or 11.

For Mac Users

  • Minimum/Recommended Operating System: OS X

Web Access and Browser

You must have access to a high-speed internet connection via DSL, cable, fiber optic or satellite at an FCC-recommended rate of 4 Mbps for optimal performance. Recommended web browsers (updated versions):

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Apple Safari

System and Browser Requirements for Video Communication 

Blackboard Collaborate
Microsoft Teams

Additional Requirements

Individual courses may have other software requirements including basic word processing software. Check your course syllabus for specific software requirements.




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